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9. Mission Impossible? The Collapse and Rebirth of the Radical Atlantic Network

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Padmore's sojourn in Moscow in late 1932 marked the climax of the Hamburg Committee's activities. Confident about the ITUCNW's future success to enlarge and strengthen its activities in the African Atlantic, he returned to Germany sometime in early 1933. All parties backing the Weimar democratic system, the middle-class parties of the Centre, the Liberals and the Conservatives as well as the moderate left, the SPD, lost votes either to the extreme right, the NSDAP, or the extreme left, the KPD. Work in the German Reichstag became paralyzed and dysfunctional, merely reflecting the increasing political chaos in German society at large. From the perspective of the KPD-hardliners, the 'Class Against Class'-thesis was more valid than ever and would prove to be right. The final act of legal communist activities in Germany took place in February 1933.

Keywords: African Atlantic; German Reichstag; Hamburg Committee's activities; ITUCNW; KPD-hardliners; Padmore's sojourn; Weimar democratic system

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